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Sweet Melissa's Cafe

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1625 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4402 (Casa Ybel)
+1 239-472-1956
17:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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La Grange, Illinois
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

So glad we found this delightful place! The ambiance was beautiful, with a gentleman playing lovely guitar music. The service was absolutely top notch, and the food was gorgeous to look at and even better to taste. Every single thing we tried was beyond measure. LOVE that they have small plates as an option! A gifted chef and wonderful service... More 

Thank maryo612
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72 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sweet Melissa's is a "must restaurant " on Sanibel if you are looking for excellent food, presentation & atmosphere. We have eaten dinner there many times over the past few years & have never been disappointed. One of their unique specials is the "slightly smoked filet" which is offered both as a full entree or small plate. Just enough smoke... More 

Thank Peter R
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Best dinner we had the entire week. Great food and great service. We were lucky to get a recommendation from a local to go here.

Thank ehkohler
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The quail special last Friday night was delicious--the bird was plump and juicy and the stuffing was divine. The presentation was beautiful. The wine selection by the staff was perfect. The service was impeccable. Another wonderful meal at Sweet Melissa's. Sarita

Thank sanibelsal
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sweet Melissas is wonderful! The food is phenomenal, the atmosphere is friendly, and the staff is the best on Sanibel. Every time we visit is better than the last. We had the pleasure of meeting all the staff the evening we went... Matt, Jeanne, Molly, Kevin, Tommy, Jess, Jon, Mellissa, Karen, Perla, and Demetrio make a dream team; they truly... More 

Thank Jon R
Sanibel Island, Florida
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46 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been here before and were not impressed but thought we would try again but had the same results. Expensive wine list ,very limited salad choice, very limited entree choice, etc. Service was very good but that was the only positive.

3 Thank aedoyle
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived at 1 pm with open tabled on the porch but the hostess seemed annoyed that she had to clear them before we could sit. She would rather have sat us inside ... more convenient for her. Service was slow even though the restaurant was almost empty. We had to ask for refills on water and beverages ... not... More 

3 Thank John K
Destin, Florida
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We've eaten here for five years on our annual Sanibel trip and it's lost its edge. Limited menu and items we ordered were disappointing. Probably won't go back because Sanibel has too many other options.

5 Thank sterry51
Melbourne Beach, Florida
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you like a different experience, this is the place for you. The restaurant offers small plates and innovative food. We were pleasantly surprised from salad to tasty main small plate course to dessert.

Thank Consuelo B
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43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a 20+ person group dinner. Worked out great - speed of food preparation, service, etc. They had 3 servers working our table. Recommend for sure.

Thank FoodiefromPA

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1625 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4402
    (Casa Ybel)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: +1 239-472-1956

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Germantown, Maryland
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?